If there's absolutely one thing we just can't stand, it's when we lay our little heads down to sleep and, magically, our minds just seem to be overactive at the worst moment possible, spinning in circles and giving us so much anxiety that we just can't pass the hell out.
Seriously, is there anything more frustrating? If it happens early in the week, it just about ruins it, leaving you sleep deprived and cranky at work every single day.
Well, while we don't have some magical solution to stop all of this from happening, we did speak to Dr. Martha Cortes, DDS, a dental-sleep medicine expert who gave us some tips on how to help stop such sleepless nights.
What's her secret? A sleep aid, of course, which Dr. Cortes explains a little more in depth below.
What Is A Sleep Aid? Explain.
"A sleep aid facilitates deep, uninterrupted sleep that is often lacking in people that have stressful lives. Some people resort to prescription aids – though going the natural route is safer, and does not create dependence. I recommend melatonin."
What Should You Look For In A Sleep Aid?
"You want to avoid anti-histamines like diphenhydramine which can deplete choline in the brain causing drowsiness the following day."
What Are The Benefits Of A Sleep Aid?
"Melatonin is already produced in the brain to regulate sleep but is deficient in many people from a variety of factors including again 19-22 it starts depleting rapidly, environmental and daily stressors. So, taking it in supplemental form can be helpful especially for women for hormonal balance aka maintaining internal equilibrium known as homeostasis."
What Should You Be Aware Of When Shopping For A Sleep Aid?
"Avoid formulations that contain anti-histamines which can make you groggy the next day."
What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Sleep Aids?
"Take half a dose that is recommended even 1/3, 3 to 4 hours before bed you can avoid side effects like grogginess. It’s best to go to sleep by 10 p.m."
What Natural Remedies Do You Recommend?
"In addition to melatonin, supplemental treatments I recommend include: orofacial myofunctional therapy, yoga breathing, and sleep hygiene like preparing for bed, taking away all blue light/stimulants including all types of light, having calming conversations, creating ceremony around sleep."
"Also, maintain excellent sleep habits including regular times for waking and sleeping, not
eating too close to bed, and avoiding electronics at least an hour prior to slumber."
What OTC Products Do You Recommend?
"Vitafusion Beauty Sleep contains Melatonin and Vitamin D to support the immune system, muscles, and healthy teeth and bones. These gummies are infused with natural cherry-vanilla flavoring and are gluten-free."
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